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    Thumbs up Blind Sniffs in 2012

    Since the Summer of 2007 when Twolf came up with a new fun activity, many Basenoters have enjoyed the Blind Sniffs.

    In a Blind Sniff a host comes up with an idea or a theme and three fragrances that fit this theme. Then a host mails the sniffers the identical vials of these fragrances only marked as "1", "2", "3". The names of the fragrances are not mentioned, and the goal of the sniffers is to guess these fragrances. At the agreed-upon time the sniffers and the host/co-host log into the Basenotes, spray the samples one at a time and describe what they smell (and see, and feel). The host and the co-host help the sniffers by asking questions, answering questions, confirming or disconfirming the notes, and answering PMs with the guesses. The spectators are often having loads of fun guessing the fragrances by notes, a virtual experience of guessing without sniffing powered by the online search (sniffers use that as well).

    We can be both very scheduled and very flexible in terms of the timing, as long as the host, co-host, sniffers and spectators can plan ahead for meeting on the forums and joining the fun of guessing the fragrances.

    In 2011 every blind sniff featured at least three fragrances, one designer, one niche and one mass market. Many sniffers love this format because they have a chance of smell the fragrances blind, with no allure of a known and popular brand attached to it. It is often eye opening.

    Here's a link to a 2011 sniff in which everyone loved the drugstore offering.
    Here's a link to a 2011 sniff in which most people had second thoughts about a (relatively) popular niche fragrance.

    However, there were also the Blind Sniffs in the past when this format=mass market+designer+niche was not followed. It is all about connecting the fragrances around a good theme and having fun!

    So please post if you want to be a sniffer in 2012 and/or if you want to host. And please give a shout if you want to sniff/host in January! I know a couple of people, myself included, have some themes dreamed up from 2011.
    Here's how we're keeping them going in 2012!

    I follow this format to summarize a sniff:
    Month: Host/Cohost: First Sniffer, Second Sniffer, Third Sniffer. Theme of the sniff (with a link to follow to the actual sniff thread).

    January: Darkdreams/Warum: TWolf, kalli, OVincze. On Dreams and Illusions.
    February: Nostalgie/Warum: Darkdreams, Haunani, Meowmo. Soul Sisters.
    March: Warum/TWolf: cacio, Jujy54, saripatates. Orient Express -- The Red Line.
    April: Saripatates/TWolf: FrouFrou, mumsy, RingER. Cure for Cold.
    July: Haunani/Jujy54: darkdreams, Warum, OVincze, TWolf. Bouquet of Mysteries.

    You can see the list of fragrances sniffed in the next post down!

    The plans for the rest of 2012 look like this:

    August: FrouFrou/Ovincze: KarmaLee, cestum nocturnum, Sybarite.
    September: TWolf/cacio: Irina, Sybarite, meowmo.
    October: cacio/Irina: mumsy, KarmaLee, cestrum nocturnum
    November: Sybarite/Warum: forfreddie, Alvus, Irina (?)*


    Is there an interest in a sniff in December? If so, state your interest in a response to this thread! Do you want to sniff, host, co-host? Let us know!

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    Fragrances that have been sniffed up to July 2012:
    (thanks to Twolf for making a list up to 2011 and cestrum nocturnum for 2012 list)

    -- Agent Provocateur Strip;
    -- Annick Goutal Eau de Camille;
    -- Annick Goutal Myrrhe Ardente;
    -- Auguste Esprit de Chine;
    -- Balmain Jolie Madame;
    -- Bath & Body Works Java Bloom;
    -- Bellodgio Uomo;
    -- Body Shop Amorito;
    -- Brécourt Eau Trouble;
    -- Bvlgari Blu Note pour Femme;
    -- Carlos Santana Men;
    -- Carlos Santana Women;
    -- Caron L'Anarchiste;
    -- Caron Tabac Blond;
    -- Chanel No. 5 (current EDP);
    -- Chanel 28, La Pausa;
    -- Chanel Coco;
    -- Christian Dior Miss Dior;
    -- Christianne Celle Calypso Mimosa;
    -- Comme des Garsons Original Parfum ñ EDP
    -- Coty Emeraude (vintage);
    -- Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Viridian;
    -- Escada S;
    -- Estee Lauder Dazzling Silver;
    -- Estee Lauder Youth Dew (new EDP);
    -- Etat Libre d'Orange Tilda Swinton Like This;
    -- Five Star Fragrances Royal Secret;
    -- Frapin Terre de Sarment;
    -- Genki Wear Pon Farr;
    -- Frederic Malle L'Eau d'Hiver;
    -- Ginestet Botrytis;
    -- Guerlain Habit Rouge;
    -- Guerlain Sous le Vent;
    -- Gwen Stefani Harajuku Lovers Li'l Angel;
    -- Halston Catalyst;
    -- Helena Rubinstein Heaven Sent;
    -- Hermes Hermessences Ambre Narguile;
    -- Hermes Parfum d'Hermes;
    -- Hermes Un Jardin sur le Nil;
    -- Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles (EDT);
    -- Jean Louis Scherrer Scherrer 2 (vintage EDT);
    -- Jean Patou Cocktail;
    -- Jean Patou Divine Folie;
    -- Joubert Blue Waltz;
    -- Keiko Mecheri Loukhoum Parfum du Soir;
    -- Keiko Mecheri Ume;
    -- Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant;
    -- Knize Knize Two (EdT);
    -- Korres Vanilla Cinnamon;
    -- Krizia My Africa;
    -- L'Artisan Parfumeur Fleurs d'Oranger 2005;
    -- Lancome O de Lancome;
    -- Lanvin Mon Peche;
    -- La Perla Blue;
    -- La Perla Dark Extacy;
    -- La Prairie Silver Rain;
    -- Le Labo Bergamote 22;
    -- Lalique Encre Noire for Men
    -- Lenthéric Tweed;
    -- Liz Claiborne -- Realities
    -- Lorenzo Villoresi Alamut;
    -- Lorenzo Villoresi Piper Nigrum;
    -- Lubin Nuit de Longchamp (current EdP);
    -- Madeleine Mono Madeleine;
    -- Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Georges Sand;
    -- MDCI Rose de Siwa;
    -- Miller et Bertaux Green, Green, Green and Green;
    -- Miller Harris L'Air de Rien
    -- Molinard de Molinard;
    -- Molyneux, Le Numero Cinq;
    -- Naj-Oleari Naj-Oleari EdT;
    -- Neil Morris Parfums Midnight Tryst;
    -- Nelly Rodi Scent Factory #3 Cardamom;
    -- Paloma Picasso Paloma Picasso;
    -- Parfums d'Orsay Femme de Dandy;
    -- Parfums de Coeur Fireworks;
    -- Parfumerie Generale L'Ombre Fauve;
    -- Pecksniff's Chypre Green;
    -- Prada Prada Women;
    -- Priscilla Presley Roses and More;
    -- Proctor & Gamble Old Spice;
    -- Revlon Moon Drops;
    -- Salvador Dali Salvador Dali Women;
    -- Scents of Time Night Star;
    -- Silvestre Pino Silvestre;
    -- Sonia Rykiel for Women, Not for Men;
    -- Strange Invisible Perfumes Magazine Street;
    -- The Healing Garden Green Tea Therapy;
    -- Tom Ford White Patchouli;
    -- Yves Rocher Rose Absolue;
    -- Yves Rocher Voile d'Ambre.

    2012 Blind Sniffs (many thanks to cestrum nocturnum for making this list!):
    January 2012 Sniff: On Dreams and Illusions
    Liz Claiborne Realities
    Annick Goutal Myrrhe Ardente
    Helena Rubinstein Heaven Sent

    February 2012 Sniff: Soul Sisters Sniff
    Naughty twins:
    Miller Harris L'Air de Rien
    Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles (EDT)

    Complicated twins:
    Jean Louis Scherrer, Scherrer 2 (vintage EDT)
    Estee Lauder Youth Dew (new EDP)

    Pastel twins:
    Brécourt Eau Trouble
    Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle L'Eau d'Hiver

    Bonus twins
    Molyneux, Le Numero Cinq
    Chanel No. 5 EDP, current formulation

    March 2012 Sniff: Orient Express: The Red Line
    Keiko Mecheri Loukhoum Parfum du Soir
    Escada S
    Hermes Parfum d'Hermes

    April 2012: Cure for Cold
    Lorenzo Villoresi Piper Nigrum
    Caron L'Anarchiste
    Comme des Garsons Original Parfum ñ EDP

    May Sniff in July 2012: A Bouquet of Mysteries
    Naj-Oleari Naj-Oleari EdT
    Knize Knize Two (EdT)
    Lubin Nuit de Longchamp (current EdP)
    Last edited by Warum; 20th July 2012 at 02:47 AM. Reason: 2012 list

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    Sounds like a great idea. I'd be happy to host one sometimes later on. I have a few ideas on what to include.

    cacio

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    Cacio, would you also like to sniff? We tend to have people sniff first, and then do hosting having been on the other side of it, so to speak.

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    I could be the host in January. I would need to order vials and I don't know yet where to get them, but other than that, it should be fine.

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    Please include me as a sniffer -- does not matter when.

    Thanks for starting the thread and updating the list.

    Love you, Warum.

    Love you, DD.

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    I'll be a sniffer as well.
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    And now we are two! Thanks bunches.

    Among the sniffed scents, please include Guerlain Sous le Vent, can't go unnoticed and unincluded I thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkdreams View Post
    I could be the host in January. I would need to order vials and I don't know yet where to get them, but other than that, it should be fine.
    DD, not necessarily for the best deal, but for the best customer service, quality stuff and extras with every purchase, I always go with the Accessories for Fragrance. Here's my favorite stuff from there, dab and spray:
    Short dab vials (they have long ones, too)
    Clear plastic ones, I think these were used for the sniffs in Jan, May and Aug/Dec.
    Plastic key ring atomizers

    I am so excited about you being a host in January! Thank you for jumping in!

    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post
    Love you, Warum.
    Love you too, Wolfie. Of course, you're on the list to sniff!

    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    I'll be a sniffer as well.
    Kalli, welcome! You will have great fun!
    Will January be OK for you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post
    Among the sniffed scents, please include Guerlain Sous le Vent, can't go unnoticed and unincluded I thought.
    Done!

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    Thank you for the link Warum. I am trying to decide if I should buy from the site you recommended or from
    madinaonline.com
    Madina has amazingly good prices for glass bottles, but unfortunately they don't have small atomizers. Also their shipping is a bit expensive, so it makes sense to buy a lot of stuff from them.

    EDIT: madina has small plastic atomizers but the smallest quantity sold is 1 gross, which apparently means 144 pieces. It's a great price per piece but I really don;t want that many. If there are people willing to split an order with me, I could buy it and split it among several people.
    Last edited by darkdreams; 21st December 2011 at 01:25 PM.

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    Wow, this sounds really really fun but since I am new to this forum I would not dare to sniff yet, I am sure some time on the forum is necessary to prequalify)) but it is really fun to read these blind sniffs too so I will be following them for sure and maybe some day...

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    I don;t think there is any official rule about who can participate. I think your name should be on the sniffers list. Depending on how many others are interested, you can be a sniffer in February or maybe even before that.

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    Oh, really? Well, it does sound really fun, is much experience required?)) Where do you sign up?

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    As you probably figured out by now, the game consists of trying to figure out what perfume you are smelling by identifying the notes in it. Often, it is a perfume that you never tried before. Once you have a bunch of notes correctly identified, you can check the net for perfumes with those particular notes. BN has the notes listed for some perfumes, but there are other resources too.
    So, before you participate, try to "train" your nose. Smell as many essential oils as you can, smell the perfumes that you own or you have access to and pay attention to what is in them, etc. BTW, where do you live?
    I think Warum will make a note of your intention to sniff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warum View Post

    Kalli, welcome! You will have great fun!
    Will January be OK for you?



    Done!
    Sure, I am pretty much a newb at this though..I've only taken up scents 7 months ago. So, my nose..it's a newb nose for the most part. Having second thoughts on being a sniffer, my nose is so new..maybe someone with more experience should be a sniffer?
    Last edited by kalli; 21st December 2011 at 08:45 PM.
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    Warum:

    sure, I can sniff too.

    cacio

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    A word on the need for experience:

    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    Sure, I am pretty much a newb at this though..I've only taken up scents 7 months ago. So, my nose..it's a newb nose for the most part. Having second thoughts on being a sniffer, my nose is so new..maybe someone with more experience should be a sniffer?
    Quote Originally Posted by OVincze View Post
    Wow, this sounds really really fun but since I am new to this forum I would not dare to sniff yet, I am sure some time on the forum is necessary to prequalify)) but it is really fun to read these blind sniffs too so I will be following them for sure and maybe some day...
    Ladies, I think you both have expressed interest in being sniffers, and that makes you qualified for doing it. Sniffing perfume and sharing with others what you smell is a wonderful experience, and sometimes one can figure out notes come from the more everyday descriptions of smells. You won't be on your own, you will be on a team with other sniffers, and you will be able to work together. So I think you will both be great, Kalli and OVincze! Are you available in January?

    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    Warum:

    sure, I can sniff too.

    cacio
    Great! Are you available in January?

    DD, thanks so much! <3

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    Quote Originally Posted by OVincze View Post
    Oh, really? Well, it does sound really fun, is much experience required?)) Where do you sign up?
    Right here!
    This is the place. Here we will cover the basics and then once you are in a sniff, your host will let you know what to do by posting here, PMing, creating a separate thread or all of the above.

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    I would love to be a sniffer next year.
    And a bit later in the year hosting one too.
    It was so much fun searching for some interesting fragrances for the hosting!
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    I won't be available the first week of January, other than that..I am available for the rest of the month..
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    Hi, yes I am available in January but we should confirm it then just because I may be working on a big project sometime in January but generally speaking yes I am available.

    Here is the thing; I have considered experience and generally speaking I am not that experienced but have loved fragrances since I was a child (and I am 35 now), thing is oftentimes when I smell a perfume I immediately start breaking it down to notes and I am sure I can be wrong as everyone else and lack the experience others may have and have no clue what certain notes smell like but despite that I do not think that is necessarily embarrassing since this is about fun and this forum is very nice towards people so I am inclined to participare. I do not think this is a forum where they would make fun of others and I can laugh at my own mistakes too))

    Oh and here is one more thing, I live in Europe, in Hungary specifically so I am not sure this is a problem, hope it can be worked around))

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    Oh and I am in the U.S. just to let you all know.
    Currently wearing: Sahara Noir by Tom Ford

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    DD, I will gladly split your order with you -- I am out of my 300 sample vials for the year 2011 again and it was time to order a new batch. PO MO OK with U? (hahaha)

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    BTW people, if we find enough interest in splitting a big order from Madina, they have other super good deals that we could include.
    For example, 100 short vials are only $6.
    Dram bottles 12 pieces for $2 etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrouFrou View Post
    I would love to be a sniffer next year.
    And a bit later in the year hosting one too.
    It was so much fun searching for some interesting fragrances for the hosting!
    I wrote you down, FrouFrou, right here! I knew you would respond! This is great fun, I agree. Do you want a spot in January?

    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    I won't be available the first week of January, other than that..I am available for the rest of the month..
    I am putting you down for January then.

    Quote Originally Posted by OVincze View Post
    [...]oftentimes when I smell a perfume I immediately start breaking it down to notes and I am sure I can be wrong as everyone else and lack the experience others may have and have no clue what certain notes smell like but despite that I do not think that is necessarily embarrassing since this is about fun and this forum is very nice towards people so I am inclined to participare. I do not think this is a forum where they would make fun of others and I can laugh at my own mistakes too))

    Oh and here is one more thing, I live in Europe, in Hungary specifically so I am not sure this is a problem, hope it can be worked around))
    I am sure then that you will be great! Sniffing a fragrance, trying to discern the notes and sharing it is the core of this game. Making mistakes is a part of it as well, I don't know any sniffer who hasn't made a mistake. And yes, we are all pretty nice (if I say so myself) and no one ever laughs at the others about making a mistake since if you've been a sniffer, you had made a mistake. At least one time in your long sniffing life that said, even a non-accurately guessed note may give your team an idea of thinking in a different direction, so mistakes are helpful as well. And hosts provide feedback and hints, too.

    As long as the host incorporates extra time for shipping to Europe this is fine. In 2011 we shipped to Netherlands, I believe, and to Turkey.

    Quote Originally Posted by darkdreams View Post
    BTW people, if we find enough interest in splitting a big order from Madina, they have other super good deals that we could include.
    For example, 100 short vials are only $6.
    Dram bottles 12 pieces for $2 etc.
    Wow, these are great deals! If you need more splitters, let me know. Pollux will need some atomizers for a special Blind Sniff he has in the works and I can help him with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warum View Post

    Wow, these are great deals! If you need more splitters, let me know. Pollux will need some atomizers for a special Blind Sniff he has in the works and I can help him with that.
    Yes, I need more splitters. So far, only one person wanted 9(!) atomizers. I can keep quite a few of them but I don't want to buy enough to last me 5 years. My house is crowded with bottles as is.

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    Warum, that sounds really wonderful. I am so happy that I have found this forum. I can wait to not sniff in January but a bit later too, time does not hurt, at least I can train myself a bit longer but regardless I am sure that I will have fun. What a great idea. Until then I will try reading up on the previous blind sniffs, I have already read some of them. Well, I am off tomorrow to see family and I wish everyone here a wonderful holiday season. I cannot wait to be back in January and enjoying this forum again.

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    OVincze I don't mind sending to Hungary. I am still thinking about what perfumes to include and have not bought the atomizers yet, but I should be able to send sometime in the beginning of January if you decide to be part of the first 2012 sniff.
    BTW I am Romanian.

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    Really? That is pretty cool darkdreams, do you live in Romania or not anymore? I used to live in the US but moved back to Hungary about 6 years ago. Do you have an idea about when in January the first sniff will take place? I do not mind participating in the first one at all, I am sure it will be great fun.

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    I don't live in Romania anymore. I have been living in the US for over 8 years now. My grandmother used to know Hungarian.
    I am still waiting to see exactly who the participants are, if there is a back-up host and then we can coordinate our schedules a little. My plan is to have a long sniff, to let the participants spend at least a day with the perfume before guessing. Given the probable time differences, we may not even be able to be online all at the same time. Nonetheless I am sure it will be great!

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